Formula E team Next EV has launched the NIO EP9, a super car that’s being dubbed as the fastest electric car in the world. The NIO brand is new from NextEV and its flagship car the EP9 generates exactly one megawatt of energy, that’s the same as Koenigsegg’s One:1.
The one MW of power is equivalent to 1341bhp, which will get the EP9 from 0-60mph in just 2.7 seconds and 0-124mph in 7.1 seconds. The top speed is limited by the speed at which you can spin the electric motors but the EP9 will still do 194mph.
While consumer pricing is yet to be confirmed, the car will cost around £970,000 ($1.2 million) to produce and only six are going to be built in the first production run. However, more may be built if the demand is there.
The EP9 is powered by four on-board motors, one for each wheel and each of those is controlled by its own gearbox. The monocoque chassis is built to the same stringent standards as an LMP1 car and there’s space for two people.
It runs on special slick tyres and has twice the braking force of a GT3 car, this is thanks to six-pot callipers and massive 408mm disks. As for aerodynamics, the EP9 has an active rear wing that sits in three positions, flat when parked, low drag and high downforce. The low-lying bodywork is made of carbon and the front splitter is adjustable, helping to direct air into a full-length underfloor diffuser.
As for range, the EP9 features two interchangeable lithium batteries and it’s claimed they can be charged in as little as 45 minutes for a range of 265 miles. The whole thing weighs just 1735kg, which is impressive considering the two batteries have a combined weight of 635kg.
The NIO brand plans to be known for so much more than ridiculous hypercars. They intend to create a range of electric and autonomous cars that focus on smart features that bring joy to whoever sits behind the wheel.